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Big changes on the horizon!

Well, it's time to let the cat out of the bag about all the lack of detail lately... lol. There are still blurred sections in this week's Project Life layout, but that's just to keep names and personal information private. The rest... well... like I said. Big changes coming!

So. Six weeks ago, I was driving to work in the morning, thinking about how great my job was, how excited I was about what I was working on, how cool the people were, and how I could see myself there for a long time. And about 2pm that same day, the CEO called me into his office to let me know that a recent company acquisition (and another bid for venture capital... unsaid, but let's not kid ourselves) had made mine and a few other positions obsolete. Well that sucked. But whatever. No sense crying over spilled milk, right? I was applying for jobs that very afternoon and had my first interview booked the next day. I knew it was a risk going to a start-up, and I don't regret it for a minute. It was a great experience, and I can honestly say that without it, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to go where I'm going next. And next is exciting :)

At this point, you're probably putting 2 and 2 together and thinking of those pictures I posted from a trip to Connecticut last week. And you'd be right! Actually, last week I was in Connecticut and North Carolina. And that leads me to...

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Yup... a 2-pager! I just looked. The last time I had a 2-page layout was week 17. I'm sure I'll have a few more coming in the near future...

Everything I used this week is from Design House Digital, and most is from Gennifer Bursett. A few iPhone photos from the week and a LOT to say, of course! It was a very fast, exhausting, and pretty much awesome week.

I decided to dedicate an entire page to a small sample of my "ephemera" from the trip and what followed. Ticket stubs, business cards from people I interviewed with, the interview schedule for my visit in North Carolina, and a copy of the offer letter I received for my new job in Connecticut. I kid you not... the time from my first interview to the offer letter was exactly a week. I give credit to a great recruiter, but also to things that seem meant to be just falling into place. And I can't wait. So... the next few weeks are going to be CRAZY. I've already booked another trip out to find a place to live... I have appointments to view housing, appointments for moving companies to come give me quotes... and I've been doing a ton of cleaning and organizing to get ready to pack everything up - probably sometime late next week. I'm sure the time is going to go zipping by, but I think I'll make it. As long as I can get the movers lined up and find a place to send them, the rest should fall into place. And then, it's the start of another adventure! I'm looking forward to getting to know the area and meeting new people. But first, gotta do the hard stuff. So if I'm not posting a lot over the next few weeks, you know where I am :)

First birthday mini scrapbook

Yup... Adorable-Nephew-William turned one last month and there were so many cute pictures from his party that I decided to make a little mini album with them.


I've had this album for a year or two... waiting for the perfect project. It's a Doodlebug 4x8 chipboard album and I love that the pages are white. I decided to leave them that way and make it clean and colorful.

I used lots of different papers and tapes - I had a few sheets of an old KI Memories birthday line that I loved. I also thought those Basic Grey Woolies were fun with this - I used one for that big circle along with some Jolee's candle stickers.

William is in a car and truck phase, so Rick and Erin made him this super cute construction cake with lots of trucks on it - it was the theme for his party and it turned out really fun!

So to go with the construction / truck theme, I downloaded a few designs for my Cameo and used them througout the album. I love how they turned out!

I wasn't there in person, but I was Skyped in for the party and it was fun to watch him open all of his gifts... William is such a cutie!

His word lately is "wow!" and there were several during the party - especially for his little car ramp tower thingy that he loved.

More trucks... I had to have a few for when he got his new truck push and ride!


I really like the tall photos that I used in this book - it worked great! It also made the book pretty fast and easy to put together.

I printed out all the photos and then went through and adhered them in the album. Then I went through again and added patterned paper around the photos. Because of the way I did it, I didn't have to lift up photos or anything (and on the few where the photos are on top, I just did the paper first and added the photos).


Then I went through again and added the journaling (mostly taken from Erin's blog) and then added washi tape, stickers, and other little bits.


This was a fun and fast project, and a great momento of William's first birthday. Hopefully someday he'll love looking through this :)

Beautiful evening...

A little trip out of town today... In Connecticut with gorgeous scenery and a fantastic dinner on the water. So beautiful at night! Now I'm trying to keep from ending the day by heading downstairs for the 24 hr free cookies in the dining area.

Beautiful evening...

Beautiful evening...

Beautiful evening...

Beautiful evening...

Project Life - Week 29

Whew... this was a crazy week! I've been super busy, but it's all good stuff. I didn't mean to go a whole week without posting anything, but it happens.

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All the digi elements are from Design House Digital - lots from Gennifer Bursett, also some from Kate Teague, Audrey Neal and Robyn Meierotto. And I used a blog hop kit (the yellow flowers and a few other goodies) which is one of my all time favorites.

This week I tried to get back on track with my healthy eating (still exercising too) and did pretty well. Of course, I splurged this weekend with a trip to Dippidee for a cupcake and a few cookies... I had to celebrate a great week, of course! And I finally saw Spiderman, which I really liked. Of course, I like Emma Stone in just about anything.

I've got another project in the works - a mini album. I printed out all the photos and started pulling supplies, but the next few days are super crazy so I hope I can get to it soon. Maybe this weekend? We'll see.


Project Life - Week 28

Still kicking! Last week was relatively quiet... but somehow still incredibly busy. How does that work?

Project-Life-2012-Week-28 WebI used a template from Tiffany Tillman and everything else is from Gennifer Bursett. That giant Snickerdoodle is a recipe I found on Pinterest last week... it makes one gigantic cookie. Aside from the fact that the recipe calls for too much salt for my taste, it was delicious. I'll definitely do it again! I like having a recipe for something that doesn't make 3 dozen cookies to sit around and tempt me. lol.

This week I finally finished taking pictures of the last of the stuff I'm going to try and sell on KSL. Mostly rubber stamps and brass embossing templates. I'm not sure any of it will go, but we'll see, right?

Sticker Girl!

Just popping in with a quick little layout share... I did this the other night. Nicole sent me this picture of Adorable-Niece-Aubrey that her FIL took with his phone a few months ago. I just had to laugh... so cute.

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They let her cover herself with stickers to keep her quiet during church. Looks like a good time to me!

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I used a lot from the July Elmwood Park Studio Calico kit along with a bit from June's SoCal, and a few goodies from my stash. And some liquid pearls for kicks.

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Other than that, I've been hard at work lately updating more sales on KSL. I've already sold quite a bit, and I just put a lot more up. Today I had like 6 calls / texts for a lot of eyelets, brads and stuff... if I hadn't gone with first come, first serve, I could have had a bidding war! I somehow think I should have charged more. lol. But it's a huge relief to get this stuff off my hands. I've got almost everything listed at this point... here's what's left for anyone interested. I still need to list some albums, a little more paper, and rubber stamps. I'm thinking of opening some of these lots up for shipping instead of just doing them locally - especially since most of my really big and heavy ones are gone and I'm down to flat-rate sized lots. Anyway, it's a relief to see it go and I can't say I mind the money! And I can now see my guest bed AND my dining room table. It's a miracle.

Project Life - Week 27

I'm starting to get off schedule with these! But I did manage to get last week done. Mostly photos from celebrating the 4th with my aunt and uncle and some of my cousins - they were visiting from California. We had a lot of fun and it was good to see them.

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Most of the supplies are from the Serendipity kit by Paislee Press, along with the kraft backgrounds / frames by Three Paper Peonies (called My Life in Photos). I also used the Elemental Snippy Alphabet by Gennifer Bursett.

K. Gotta get back to today's work!

A *real* layout!

Yes... I actually did a real, paper, non-project life, non-digital layout! I think it's been about a month. Unfortunately, this time of year is one when I just don't enjoy going up into the scrap attic. I even had the maintenance guys come look at the vent since so little of the A/C makes it into the room, but no luck. They tried to help me adjust the other vents to force more air up, and I put a fan in front of it to try and grab the cool air and blow it out, but it doesn't help much. You'd think that evenings would be great up here after the sun goes down, but it seems like the heat stays until late at night and then it's cool through the morning and heats up again in early afternoon. Argh. Oh well... after 5 years I should be used to it, right?

Anyway, Erin sent me this conversation a while ago, and I knew I wanted to make a layout from it. It was just too funny, and I knew I had a picture that would go with it.

I typed up the conversation and then printed out a photo I took of one of our Skype sessions. We've done quite a few recently with birthdays and holidays.

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I used pieces from the May and June Studio Calico kits (mostly June). They seemed like a good fit.

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I also printed out a few digital elements from a kit called "Dialogue" that I got a while ago at OScraps. It's super cute and fit great with this.

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I used some Tattered Angels Mint Chocolate Chip chalkboard spray on the mistable butterflies and the leftover piece of Heidi Swapp Color Magic file folder I tucked in there. It worked really well!

Quotable close-up 4That's it... just a fun little moment that I wanted to capture.

And this day has seriously flown by! I've been pretty busy, I guess. And now it's time to get some food and get ready for tonight's episode of Masterchef. I've also gotten into Bunheads on ABC Family - one of the few non-food shows I'm watching right now. lol.

Next up... last week's Project Life layout.

Project Life - Week 26

And I'm all caught up! I was able to pull this layout together really quickly since I had already done my travel journal. So I picked a few photos from the trip that were representative of the week, added a little journaling, and voila!

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I'm kind of liking these simpler PL layouts that are mostly words and photos with a little embellishing. They're definitely faster and easier! And I like how they look. Anyway... now that I'm caught up, I'm off to try and work on some other projects. I'm still listing sale lots on KSL (not going as fast as I'd like... argh.) and trying to catch up on all of the online classes that I've fallen behind in. Good thing they're all self paced!

Project Life - Week 25

Just doing a little catching up with my Project Life layouts... I was able to get week 25 finished up and ready to go. Now I just need to do last week and I'll be back on track!

Here's the week before last:

Since I covered my drive out to California and my time there with my family in my travel journal (yesterday's post), I'm just touching on some highlights in my Project Life layouts and referring to my journal.

And those yummy looking things in the top right corner? I was trying to use up all my produce before leaving for vacation and had a bunch of blueberries. I also had some wonton wrappers in my freezer, so I defrosted them and used them to make blueberry dessert ravioli.

I was just making a single serving at a time, so I took a big handful of blueberries and put them in a bowl, then mashed them up a bit with a fork. I added about 1 tsp of sugar and mixed it, then let it sit for 30 minutes or so. I lined up the wonton wrappers and scooped a heaping teaspoon of blueberries into the center of one, then used a pastry brush to coat the other side with just water. I covered up the other side and sealed it. When they were done, I put them in a sautee pan with a little butter and just a touch of vegetable oil (to help keep the butter from burning). I sauteed them until they were brown on both sides, then sprinkled some powdered sugar on top and served with fat free Cool Whip. They were delicious... I'll have to make them again!

Back from Tahoe!

Okay, so I've actually been back a few days, just busy. There are big changes coming around here... it's going to be quite a challenge if things work out the way I think they will. Cryptic, I know. But hopefully I can share everything soon.

In the meantime, I just got back from my family reunion at Lake Tahoe. It was so fun to see everyone! I need to put photos into an album to share, but for now, here's my finished Scrapbook on the Road. I picked out 48 favorite pictures and had them printed as 5x7s and then used a coupon I had for Persnickety Prints and got a bunch of Instagram prints done (which I loved!)

Here's the cover - I used a Heidi Swapp memory album from a few years ago - the pages are 5x7 and it's a smallish 3-ring binder. I used a lot of the pages that came with it and added some of my own.

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And here are the inside pages... there are a lot (and I didn't even take pictures of all of the pages that are just photos or just journaling), so I'm using the thumbnail gallery below. Enjoy!

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Now I've got to get caught up on my Project Life. Hopefully I can knock that out soon... I hate not being caught up! But, life comes first, and I've got a lot going on right now so we'll see. If I don't? No biggie, right?